Early day motion 579

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING

That this House believes that under the guise of austerity, central government is slowly but surely putting an end to local government as we know it; notes that from 2010-11 to 2015-16 core central government funding to local authorities has been slashed by 40 per cent whilst local government responsibilities increase; further notes that demand for council services is growing and that people are suffering under government policies harming the poorest and most disadvantaged such as the bedroom tax, cuts to tax credits and benefits and the increase in VAT; further notes the recent National Audit Office report criticising the Government for failing to properly assess the effects of further cuts to funding of councils by central government and the cross-party Local Government Association warning over plans to stop funding local welfare assistance schemes that 'If the Government pulls the plug on funding, many local authorities will be unable to afford to make up the difference at a time when we are tackling the biggest cuts to council funding in living memory', which will cause three-quarters of councils to scale back or scrap their schemes; and therefore calls for the cuts to local government funding to be reversed and for local government to be protected from further cuts to enable local authorities to provide cherished community services as well as vital social services such as support for looked-after children, care-leavers, users of adult social care, older people, homeless people, low-income families in crisis, disabled people, those with special educational needs and emergency help to survivors of domestic violence.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 02.12.2014
Benton, Joe Labour Party Bootle 23.01.2015
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 03.12.2014
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 02.12.2014
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 19.01.2015
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 02.12.2014
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 08.12.2014
Cunningham, Tony Labour Party Workington 10.12.2014
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 04.12.2014
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 15.12.2014
Harvey, Nick Liberal Democrats North Devon 05.01.2015
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 15.12.2014
Heyes, David Labour Party Ashton under Lyne 04.12.2014
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 03.12.2014
Howarth, George Labour Party Knowsley 05.01.2015
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 28.11.2014
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 01.12.2014
McInnes, Liz Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 02.12.2014
Meacher, Michael Labour Party Oldham West and Royton 06.01.2015
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 02.12.2014
Mitchell, Austin Labour Party Great Grimsby 03.12.2014
Rotheram, Steve Labour Party Liverpool Walton 04.12.2014
Sharma, Virendra Labour Party Ealing Southall 03.12.2014
Stringer, Graham Labour Party Blackley and Broughton 02.12.2014